From Both Sides Now

From Both Sides Now

by Harry Stevenson

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Overview

His career really started in the seemingly endless, hot, sweaty, often bloody infantry battles in Vietnam and moved to high-altitude supersonic fighter engagements in the Middle East lasting only seconds. Steve Stevenson mixed two seeming disparate careers into one. Not appreciated nor welcomed home by a misinformed American public, Steve and the Vietnam era troops performed every challenging task assigned. Turned down by Army Aviation, Steve found an alternate route into the sky. Air Force fighters!
Known by his Air Force call sign "Grunt" in F-4s, he pushed the importance of and need for Close Air Support of the ground troops, to an extent that occasionally got him in trouble. Steve takes you into the life of young paratroopers in combat, into the untold lives and actions of US Special Forces, into the rowdy squadrons and cramped cockpits of fighter pilots. Along the way, he preaches Jointness and inter-service cooperation that is accepted by the "boots on the ground", but often opposed by the parochialism of senior leaders in all services.
From the Vietnam War, Yom Kippur War, Turkish Invasion of Cyprus, Desert Storm to "black" special ops, Steve volunteered for or was at the right place at the right time. He captures the comradeship, dedication, sacrifices of our warriors and their families, raucous parties and the heartbreak of friends lost.
In every organization, Steve believed people were his greatest assets and he rewarded his troops, even when it may have been unauthorized. But, higher headquarters will never know.
Come along on the ride to look "at clouds from both sides now, from up and down."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158586774
Publisher: NewFawn Press
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 660 KB

About the Author

Colonel Steve Stevenson was commissioned through Army ROTC at The University of Texas as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, in the Regular Army and assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and then Vietnam. His combat tours as a “Grunt” included Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Assistant Battalion Operations Officer and Company Commander. As a Green Beret, again in Vietnam, he served primarily as an Assistant Operations Officer. Steve returned to the States for a brief time as an ROTC Instructor before transferring to the Air Force for pilot training. He became an F-4 Phantom pilot, Flight Commander, and Instructor Pilot. After serving a staff tour as an Operations Research and Systems Analyst, he became an A-10 Warthog driver, Squadron Operations Officer and Commander. He then commanded the Air Support Operations Center serving the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps and became a Wing Deputy Commander for Operations, overseeing the Air Force FACs and Liaison parties for ten Army Brigades and Divisions. He served as the TAC Director of Joint Matters, working with the Army, Navy and Marine Corps staffs. His last job was as TACAIR planner for AFSOC and JSOC. Steve retired from the Air Force, flew as Chief Pilot for a Petroleum Corporation; and then joined a national financial management company in San Antonio, Texas. Retired from the corporate world, Steve volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for his county. He lives in Bulverde, Texas, and is still married to Claire, his wonderful bride of over 46 years. They have two grown sons.

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